Your Camp Chef Flat Top Grill comes with a cold-rolled steel griddles surface. This surface has what Camp Chef calls aÂ "True-Seasoned Finish." It appears as a black finishÂ and ultimatelyÂ protects your griddle as well as providing a non-stick finish.Â After consulting with theÂ Camp Chef team we've put together a maintenance guide to cleaning your griddle surface.
Â Cleaning the Griddle
Clean after each use! Again, CLEAN AFTER EACH USE! This will significantly extend your grill/griddle's life, not to mention make it anÂ easier clean in the future. After use, allow the griddle top to cool completely. Using warm water and some sort of scraper toolÂ toÂ scrapÂ any grease/food bits intoÂ the angeled grease trough. Repeat until you're satisfied. Should you run into stubborn food particles, put more focus on those sections using aÂ plastic scrubber or plastic pan scraper.Â Finally, wipe cleanÂ with warm waterÂ and aÂ paper towel. Repeat as necessary.
Seasoning the Griddle
After the food particles are removed and you're satisfied with theÂ light clean, slowly warm the griddle on Low. Apply aÂ thin coating of Camp Chef Conditioner or olive oil. (Camp Chef Conditioner is palm oil-based which gives it a longer shelf life.) Use a clean paper towel toÂ spread the conditionerÂ over the entire griddle surface, including corners. By doing this smallÂ step of seasoning, you will elongate theÂ seasoning on your griddleÂ surface. This helps combatÂ rust as well as provides an extra layer of durable, non-stick coating. Lastly, turn off the heat. And, after the cookware cools, wipe any excess oil/conditioner off with a clean paper towel.
Store your grill/griddle in a dry, clean area and be sure to go through theÂ griddle cleaning and reseasoning steps prior to storing.Â When not in use we highly recommend purchasing a grill cover to protect from outdoor elements and nesting insects (especially if you're planning to store overnight outside.) The same goes for protecting yourÂ portable VersaTops, be sure to pick up a compatible carry bag (shown above.)